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October 14, 2013

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos: 150 Concerts in Philadelphia and Counting

A fierce, paralyzing snowstorm blanketed the East Coast between February 8 and 10, 1969. It left approximately 6,000 travelers stranded at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.  More than 90 deaths were attributed to the storm.

Stuck in Montreal was Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, scheduled to make his conducting debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra on Friday afternoon, February 14.

October 11, 2013

Free College Concert Set For Tuesday

The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing a concert and having an event for college students on Tuesday, October 15, at 8 PM at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

October 07, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra Gets Out the Vote

As baseball legend Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

Bachtrack.com , the London-based classical music concert database and review site, is having a contest asking followers what is their favorite orchestra at http://www.bachtrack.com/worlds-favourite-orchestra-2013.

October 03, 2013

Philadelphia Orchestra Pops Up

Neither snow, nor rain, or a strike by stagehands can keep the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra from playing.

Originally scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night concert on Wednesday, October 2, the Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin “popped up” in an unscheduled appearance at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall.

And more than 2,200 area residents popped into the Kimmel Center for a freewheeling and free concert.

September 30, 2013

Sawallisch Honored in WHYY Special, October 8

The Orchestra has joined with partner WHYY-TV on a special production, Sawallisch: The Philadelphia Orchestra Tribute, honoring late Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch, who led the acclaimed ensemble from 1993 to 2003. This one-hour program airs Tuesday, October 8, at 8:00 PM during WHYY-TV’s Fall Arts premiere week. 

September 12, 2013

Yannick and the Orchestra Release First Recording on Deutsche Grammophon

Clear some room on your iPod and on your CD shelves because the Orchestra's first studio album in more than 15 years is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 24.

May 17, 2013

Yumi Kendall Receives C. Hartman Kuhn Award; Kiyoko Takeuti Celebrates 25 Years in the Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra presented the C. Hartman Kuhn Award to Acting Associate Principal Cello Yumi Kendall at a special ceremony during its subscription concert on May 4, 2013. Philadelphia Orchestra Association Board Chairman Richard B. Worley presented the Award, which was established in 1941 and named for a charter member of the Board of Directors who served from 1901 to 1933.

November 21, 2012

Let a little Orchestra into your life on Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day we encourage you to tune into Princeton, New Jersey’s WPRB 103.3 FM, when hosts Teri Noel Towe and Orchestra Board Member Mike Cone present 12 continuous hours of Philadelphia Orchestra recordings made between 1927 and 2012. This Orchestra programming marathon begins right at 6 AM and finishes at 6 PM—just in time for dinner!

Don't have a radio? No problem--you can also tune in through WPRB's online stream.


October 31, 2012

Opening Night 2012: Yannick's debut as music director!

10/18/12, Philadelphia: (From left) Marguerite Lenfest, Gerry Lenfest, Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore, and Don Fox in the Kimmel Center prior to the Orchestra's 2012 Opening Night performance. Photo: Jessica Griffin  
October 19, 2012

Greetings from Shanghai!

Hello from China, where I am presenting a new harp concerto with Tan Dun for the Shanghai International Arts Festival. This is not a conventional work and has the potential to globally galvanize women. Tan Dun has preserved yet another musical tapestry of his culture by sharing an ancient women’s secret language through the voice of the harp. From a remote village in his Hunan home, Tan Dun bonded with the last remaining women who practice this secret code, nüshu—“women’s writing”—a simplified Chinese script used exclusively among women, developed during a time in China when women lacked the same access to education as men. Messages written in nüshu along the folds of a secret fan or embroidered in cloth were the only means for a woman to communicate to her sisters. Through the feminine form of the harp this women’s secret society will be revealed.